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Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 6th November 2020

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6th November 2020

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New Lockdown Rules; NASP Thriving Communities Launch; Citizen’s Assembly Feedback; Food Survey; Experiences of Covid Reports from Healthwatch Camden and Public Health; Set Up and Grow Your Charity Online; Women’s Lockdown Art; Public Health Briefings; Tackling Right Wing Extremism + news + Resources + funding + jobs + volunteers and more


New National Lockdown Until 2 December

From today you should only leave your home for a limited set of reasons. Full details here or here. Camden Council statement here.
However, there are many exceptions (examples below).  You may have to refer to the original legislation for full details.
• Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities: Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes, but is not limited to, support to victims of crime, people in drug and alcohol recovery, new parents and guardians, people with long-term illnesses, people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement, and vulnerable young people, including for them to meet young workers
Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect
• Places of worship must close, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals.  Other exemptions include:
• childcare purposes and supervised activities for children
• blood donation and food banks
• to provide medical treatment
The National  Youth Agency introduced updated guidance listing exceptions for pre-planned support group activity for “vulnerable”  young people of max 15 total participants.
There is no ‘shielding’ this time, but the clinically vulnerable and everyone over 70 is advised to take extra precautions.
New care home visiting guidance has been published.



National Academy for Social Prescribing Thriving Communities programme.

This programme is aimed at VCSE groups who are delivering activities to communities most affected by COVID. It is a large programme consisting of peer learning, community activity and strategic partnership development support, as well as providing funding.
Voluntary Action Camden is delighted to be supporting and delivering this programme in Camden, Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.
The launch event will be a great opportunity to find out more information about the programme and how to apply.
The event will take place at 12 noon on 10 November 2020. Register your place today. If you have any questions contact dturnbull@vac.org.uk

Funding News

The The new Supplementary Schools Network Fund from Young Camden Foundation and John Lyon’s Charity is giving grants from £1,000 up to £3,000. Details in the Funding section below.

Camden’s Health & Care Citizen’s Assembly – feedback

Camden’s Health & Care Citizen’s Assembly brought together a representative sample of local residents for discussions on what our priorities for future changes to Camden’s health and care services should be. In light of their shared experiences of the pandemic.
The Assembly members will present their expectations to the Health and Wellbeing board. View the priorities and have your say on Commonplace.

Food Update Survey

If you run a food project or are involved in food in any way then please take a moment to fill in this survey of Food Projects in Camden.

Experiences of residents during Covid-19

Healthwatch Camden and Camden and Islington Public Health have both published reports based on the experiences of residents during Covid-19. Healthwatch Camden’s ‘Life in Lockdown’ report is evidenced from their summer 2020 Covid-19 survey which reached 1,590 Camden residents. Public Health’s report (Exec Summary and Full Report) is evidenced from a survey conducted with Islington residents and numerous focus groups and interviews done with Camden residents. These reports were done in partnership in order to provide a comprehensive picture of the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown on local people. Further details here.

Set Up and Grow Your Charity Online

Friday 20th November, 10am: Join Google to learn how to access Ad Grants and set up campaigns for your organisation. During this session, you’ll discover the range of Google for Nonprofits resources available, how you can set up your account, use Ad Grants to achieve your business goals and helpful tips for maximising your Ad campaigns to achieve results.
Sign up for your free session here.

Women’s Lockdown Art

Women + Health is presenting a fundraising Art exhibition, selling work created by 49 women artists during lockdown to raise money to fund its vital services.
Women’s Lockdown Art, an online exhibition and art sale, will open at 7 pm on Wednesday 11 November and run until Friday 25 December 2020. Artwork created by women artists during the pandemic will be available to buy on the Women + Health  website.
Come to the virtual exhibition launch on Wednesday 11 November at 7pm.
~ See writer and psychotherapist Susie Orbach, art historian Frances Borzello and director of Zabludowicz Collection Elizabeth Neilson discuss the exhibition and what the crisis has meant for women,
~ Hear the recent work of prize-winning poet Karen McCarthy Woolf, and
~ Preview the Women’s Lockdown Art exhibition

London Public Health Communities Briefing

Held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5pm-6pm.
Sign up here to receive invites to briefings and updates from the team. If you have any questions please contact community.engagement@london.gov.uk

Small Steps Event

Thursday 12th November at 1pm (90 mins) provided by Small Steps on Right Wing Extremism.
Seeking to stop the circle of hate, we promote the concept of Education Not Violence as being part of the answer in reducing extremism.
Small Steps provide a unique package where former members of the far-right use their inside information to lift the lid on how the far-right recruit, think and operate. Contact: Zubair Matin  – Zubair.Matin@camden.gov.uk For more information please visit – https://smallstepsconsultants.com/

Activities and Services in your community

Heath Hands
SHAK news
Women and Health
Age UK Camden
All Ways Network
Healthwatch Camden
Young Camden Foundation
Camden Disability Action
West Euston Partnership (WEP)


See the Funding pages on VAC’s website for all the latest information.

Supplementary Schools Network Fund

£1,000 up to £3,000 Deadline 4 December 2020
Young Camden Foundation and John Lyon’s Charity are delighted to launch for a second consecutive year the Supplementary Schools Network Fund 2020.
This fund is designed to support supplementary schools in Camden to provide high quality educational programmes that are accessible, fun and engaging whilst ensuring the safeguarding of children and young people. Projects should cover: Mathematics, Science and English. Find more information here

Return to Play Fund

The £16.5 million fund is split into three strands and brings our total support for the sport and physical activity sector to more than £220m.
The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who’ve been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the pandemic.
£10m – Return to Play: Small Grants. £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment.
£5m – Return to Play:  £10,001 to £50,000. It’ll help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely.
£1.5m – Return to Play: Active Together. This crowdfunding initiative will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns.
Find out more about each of the funds at the Sport England website.

Power Partners Community Investment Fund

Are you an organisation supporting vulnerable members of communities & help people facing fuel poverty, particularly during the current pandemic? Apply to Power Partners for a grant of up to £20,000 in Round 3 of UK Power Networks fund. Full guidance here

CAF Resilience Fund

The CAF Resilience Fund exists to help charitable organisations in England that support the people hardest hit by Covid-19. This fund will support those working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups such as those living in deprived areas, those supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and people with disabilities.Grants range from £10,000 to £100,000 to deliver rapid relief from the impact of Covid-19. and you must be able to spend the grant money before 31 March 2021.  Full details at Cafonline.

Somers Town Greening Fund 2020

Are you a resident in Somers Town with an idea for a green space in Somers Town? Somers Town Big Local have created the Greening Fund – it is now live and accepting applications. The fund is for groups of residents who want to create new green space or revive old green spaces in Somers Town. The fund will make grants of up to £3000. Deadline Monday 23rd  November at 5pm
Book in a meeting at Story Garden for support with your application and working out the costs kiloran@globalgeneration.org.uk

Build Up Fund 2020-21│ Youth Crime Prevention & Organisational Development Grants.

Young Camden Foundation in partnership with Camden Council Community Impacts has launched the Build Up Fund. This fund aims to support local youth organisations to access comprehensive and appropriate training in three distinct areas 1) Youth crime prevention, 2) Collaborating or sharing best practice on youth crime prevention schemes and 3) Organisational sustainability.
Camden based organisations working with children and young people can apply for grants of between £500 up to £3,000 up to 30th Nov. See more here

Lists of Emergency Funders


VAC Events

Keep in eye on our Events Calendar to book and for more info.

Camden Voluntary Action Forum (web page here)

The forum is open to all Camden voluntary and community  groups and organisations, community activists, social entrepreneurs, volunteers and anyone interested in local voluntary action. The Forum currently meets monthly online on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am.
Wed 18th November, 11am.  Let us know what topics you would like covered.
BAME disproportionality  follow up forum (date tbc)

Past Voluntary Action Forums: Resources

You can find presentations, recordings and resources from past forums here.

Safeguarding Courses:

For information on upcoming courses contact Dianne:
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: dogunyemi@vac.org.uk email (Mon – Wed)

More details on the VAC website: http://vac.org.uk/events/

Camden and Islington Online Volunteering Fair

Tuesday 10th November 12.30 – 2pm
There will be ten organisations taking part, five from Camden and five from Islington. Listen to their brief ‘pitch’ for volunteers and then join them in the breakout rooms to find out more.
And as usual we will co-host with our good friends at Volunteer Centre Islington.
Book via Eventbrite.

Free Zen Sessions

11th & 12th November 10am – 3pm
Qualified instructors guide people through short (11 minute), simple  ‘Zen Sessions’ which leave participants feeling lighter, calmer and empowered to try some of the simple techniques at home.
Focussing on a wide range of outcomes from easing anxiety through to mood boosting and increasing happiness
Drop in & pre-book slots available. Two sessions per hour and each session lasts 11 minutes. To prebook email corinne@t-z-p.com or call 07973 702695

Free Walk Leader training

Camden Council’s Active Living team are offering free training to become a qualified Rambler’s Walking for health leader, and support to set up a new walking group. Walking groups will be covered  for health insurance, and will be part of the accredited national walking for health programme.  A friendly and accessible way for local people to get gentle exercise and make new friends.
Additional funding is available to set up walks from Camden GP Surgeries as part of a TFL project.  Please register your interest here
Any queries contact Steph Smith – Active Living Officer – Stephanie.smith@camden.gov.uk / 0207 974 6781

How do you get the best out of online surveys?

Thursday 19th November, 10.00-11.30
London Plus in partnership with Coalition for Efficiency are running a free online interactive session about designing surveys for beginners. Supported by the wider DataWise London scheme , Surveys 101: an introduction to designing better surveys will show you how to design effective surveys including tools and resources that are available.
If you have any questions please email lucy@londonplus.org.

Talk for Health

Taster 25th Nov. 4-day Talk for Health Programme starting 14th Nov.
Then you can:
~ Come to Talk for Health Cafes; continue talking for wellbeing and gain communication skills.
~ Follow these with ongoing groups for strong peer networks.
It’s all FREE and is commissioned by the NHS. You will learn and have space for:
~ Honest talking – being the real you
~ Empathic listening
~ Basic counselling skills
~ How to set up and be part of an ongoing group to talk for wellbeing.
Click here to see our full list of events or for more information visit the website or contact info@talkforhealth.co.uk or call/text 02034 093201.

Domestic violence and abuse online workshop

Introduction to domestic violence and abuse e-learning
This e-learning is intended for everyone that would like to gain an awareness on domestic violence and abuse. It will provide you with an introduction to what the types and signs of abuse are, how to respond and what actions to take.
Access the e-learning via the L&D Hub if you already have an account. If you are from a VCS organisation without an account please find details here  to sign-up for an account on the L&D Hub.

Responding to domestic violence and abuse online workshop

Camden Safety Net two-hour online workshops on responding to domestic violence and abuse for staff that come into regular contact with residents.
25th November or 15th December
This online workshop will help you become more aware of the indicators of domestic abuse and violence and more confident in what to do in these instances. The workshop will explore the dynamics of a domestic abuse situation and what the barriers are for a victim/survivor seeking help.
Book a place via the L&D Hub if you already have an account. If you are from a VCS organisation without an account please find details here  to sign-up for an account on the L&D Hub.

Ubele Fundraising Support for BAME Organisations

Every Thursday at 3:30pm Ubele host fundraising webinars on a variety grant funds that are available with techniques on writing better applications. These webinars are free of charge and the presentations/resources are uploaded on our website.  Registration for Fundraising Webinars here.

Elfrida Rathbone Camden is recruiting a Community Champions Project Co-ordinator

The Community Champions Project Coordinator will work to engage and support vulnerable individuals, families and groups in the Kentish town area, by recruiting local people to volunteer as Community Champions.
Full-time (job share considered) £29,424.  Closing date: Monday 9 Nov.
For more details and to apply click here.

CDA seeks Volunteer Services Manager

On a freelance basis for approximately 3 months to support our reach through the second wave.
~ To develop and write a volunteer strategy for CDA for the second wave and beyond.
~ Work with the CDA team to develop role descriptions for volunteers
~ Develop robust volunteer policies and procedures for CDA
budget of 10k provided through the National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by City Bridge through the London Community Response Fund.
For more information and to submit your application please contact, Colin Brummage, 07732 746 231 colinceo@camdendisabilityaction.org.uk by 10am Monday 16th November

HostNation seeks Treasurer

An exciting opportunity to join a refugee befriending charity as Treasurer.
HostNation exists to make it easier for those of us at home in London, to be friends with those looking for a place they can call home.
To find out more about this exciting role contact our chair, Daniel Silverstone for an informal chat Daniel@dsilverstone.co.uk
Please submit a brief personal statement setting out why you would like to apply together with an up-to-date CV and send to info@hostnation.org.uk.
The closing date for applications is 18 December 2020

Mind in Camden Mental Health Link Worker

35 hours per week starting at £22,952
This post is funded until March 2022 with probable extension.
Mind in Camden is recruiting a Link Worker to be part of a Social Prescribing team working in and alongside the Primary Care Mental Health Team in Camden, alongside colleagues from the lead provider Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust as well as other partners within a Primary Care Mental Health Network.
The Link Worker role involves direct work with individuals both one to one and in groups, offering assistance with setting goals and identifying community resources which may help them make progress.
We are looking for a self-motivated person with excellent communication and relationship building skills, a strong person-centred approach to mental health work, and the ability to work with a community approach within an NHS setting.
Full details can be found here
Closing date:  9.00 am on Monday 23rd November
Interviews (2-round process): Tuesday 1st December & Tuesday 8th December

Become a Families for Life Community Champion

Families for life programmes offer free healthy eating and active play activities for families with children age 2-11.  Do you live in Camden?  Are you passionate about improving health? Available two or three hours a week?
For more information on how to be part of our volunteering team, please contact: Syria Chowdhury, Community Champion Coordinator m: 07734 603 060, e: syria.chowdhury@camden.gov.uk

Age UK Camden seeks Social Prescribing Link Worker

Local Government Scale: SC6 SCP 18 to SCP 20 £28,752 to £29,796 pa inc
London Weighting plus 6% contributory pension. 35 hours per week.
The Social Prescribing Link Worker will provide personalised support, working closely with the Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service and GP Surgeries. The successful candidate will come from a social care or health background, will be computer literate, an excellent communicator and able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
For further details and an application form visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk or telephone 020 7239 0400.
Closing date: 17th November 5pm. Interview date: 25th November

Voiceability seeks Peer Coach

Part time (22.5 hrs per week) Peer Coach who has knowledge and experience of acute mental illness and delivering peer support, this peer coach will be embedded within the North Camden Crisis Team but directly employed and managed by Voiceability.
Please follow this link to view full description and details of how to apply.

Employability Tutor at Elfrida Rathbone Camden

To work with young people (16 -25 years) with a learning disability at our OFSTED registered Leighton College.  The key aim of the role is to equip people with a learning disability with the skills and confidence to move towards employment.  Elfrida Rathbone Camden provides ground-breaking education programmes to just 20 students that help young disabled people to build confidence, develop employment skills, encourage independence within the local community and to release their potential.  Full details here.
Close date: Wed 18 November, Salary: £26,605 – £28,156 (pro rata)

Latin American House seeks Adult Education Coordinator

14 hrs pw. 6 months contract (with possibility of extension)
Salary: £33,670 per annum pro rata
We are looking for an exceptional Adult Education Coordinator to join our team and help to transform the way we teach and improve the skills and confidence of our audiences and communities. The successful candidate will be capable of coordinating and delivering an engaging face-to-face (when safe to do so) and online learning programme, information sessions and workshops.
It is imperative that you are a good or intermediate Spanish speaker.
Please submit a completed application form available in our website to: vacancies@casalatina.org.uk
Deadline for submitting applications: 12pm on the 12th November Interviews will be held on Monday 16th of November

Age UK Camden seeks Marketing & Communication’s Officer

28 Hours per week – £26,583.20 PA
The communications & marketing officer has a vital role to play in planning and delivering communications to key stakeholders including supporters, volunteers, and staff. The post holder will initiate, write, edit, co-ordinate and publish content across various channels, including our website, social media, print and online marketing materials.
For further details and an application form visit www.ageukcamden.org.uk or email jobs@ageukcamden.org.uk or telephone 020 7239 0400.
Closing date 18th November 9am.  Interview date 23rd November

Trustees needed for Women and Health

We are a community-based health charity with over 30 years’ experience in delivering a wide-ranging and transformative programme of body and talking therapies, and healthy living activities. As well as our domestic violence and sexual violence clients, we support residents who are disadvantaged by physical and mental health issues, environmental challenges, isolation and poverty and those caring for members of their family. In the last financial year we saw over 900 clients
Ideally skilled in Law, HR, finance, and digital fundraising, or passionate about our cause, can attend an evening meeting every 1-2 months and 3 hours project work a month, Please contact Gemma Tighe the Director for more information, on gemma@women-and-health.org, or send her your CV

Henna Asian Women’s Group is Recruiting

Trustees and Chair
Henna Asian Women’s Group is looking for Trustees to help the charity develop. We wish to strengthen the current board and are looking for people who have an interest and understanding of the voluntary and community sector.  Ideally with experience in one of the following: Human Resources, Finance, Fundraising especially trusts, corporate and major donors, Legal.
Henna is also recruiting a new Chair  Contact rafat@hennaorg.co.uk
Outreach Worker
2 day post (14 hours) for 3 months @ £11 per hour.
The main role is to develop corporate fundraising and contacts; To undertake outreach and make contacts in all London boroughs; To increase and maintain Hennas online services portal. Email info@hennaorg.co.uk if you are interested

Hopscotch is looking for a Trustee with Legal Expertise

Hopscotch is a community led organisation working with BAME women and families in Camden and the surrounding areas. We have a turnover of about £1.5m and we have over 90 staff members (including care workers), doing incredible work with the most vulnerable people.
sending your CV and a cover letter to the Chief Executive, ceo@hopscotchawc.org.uk

Hopscotch Homecare urgently need Care Workers.

Hopscotch Homecare are a very caring,well-established and expanding care agency that has been providing care workers to clients in and around Camden for 20 years. We are looking for care workers who would like to help our clients to continue living safely and independently in their own homes.
Day/Night hours available and must be able to work at least two late shifts a week and alternate weekends  Contact:recruitment@hopscotchawc.org.uk

Paid work opportunities for people who have been laid off/ reduced income

Local Adult social care providers are still recruiting, and as they support the NHS to move vulnerable adults out of hospital to stay well at home, their need is growing. Contact Proud to Care.

Keeping The Community Directory Up-to-date

As we enter Autumn lots is changing.  Buildings are starting to re-open, some activities are moving back into the real world, some food parcel deliveries have ended, while other food projects continue.  Help us to keep the directory up-to-date by updating your details as they change.
If you would like to make a new entry in the directory use this link.   If you would like to update an existing entry look out for an email from us early next week with a unique link for you to update.
View the Directory here.  View the map here.

Flu Vaccination Videos

NHS animated video explaining why the flu vaccination is important for adults and children
Flu vaccination video & why it is important to have your child vaccinated (subtitled)
Translations available in Arabic, Bengali, Polish, Spanish, Somali and Turkish.

How to Volunteer and How to Recruit Volunteers in Camden

Volunteer in Camden at Time to Spare.
Volunteer for the NHS at GoodSAM.
Join a neighbourhood Mutual Aid group.
Organisations that are signed up to Time to Spare can now request volunteers through a brokerage team making it much easier to access the volunteers. The brokers can help match volunteers with voluntary and community organisations who have a need for verified/ vetted volunteers. The service will also help to verify or carry out new DBS check with volunteers.
Get support and resources from Volunteer Centre Camden
The council has a  page of resources to help community organisations

BTEG’s Covid-19 Response Capacity Building Project

BTEG have developed a range of sustainability and capacity building support for B.A.M.E organisations nationally. The support will be targeting small B.A.M.E-led civil society groups across England working directly to support people at high risk of the virus, have faced a significant increase in demand and/or have limited capacity to focus on internal developments and planning.
You will get access to up to 4.5 hours of free expert consultancy support and/or coaching specific to your organisational needs as well as access to up to 20 organisational and leadership development workshops. This project will be delivered virtually through zoom.  For further information, questions, or queries please email simone@bteg.co.uk or visit www.bteg.co.uk.

Keep in touch and up-to-date via the e-bulletin and @onecamden twitter.  We have a comprehensive COVID-19 update page and a resources page.

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